Hidden Gem| Stitched Greenery

Stampin’ Up! do a great job of displaying their gorgeous products but there’s a few hidden gems in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue that you may not notice on your first flick through. One of these hidden gems is the Stitched Greenery Die plate. It’s a single die that doesn’t cut a shape, but instead embossing a stitched leaf pattern that is just gorgeous.

The colours and styling of these cards were inspired by a card made by Karen Young. You can see Karen’s card by clicking here.

I made two versions – a simpler version of Karen’s using the Artistic Die and a different version using the Layering Hugs Dies. We made the hugs version in today’s Social Stamping class and it was a big hit!

I’ve added in a sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamped set for the card above and one from the Sending Hugs stamp set for the card below.

The flowers are from the Sweet as a Peach stamp set, embellished with Basic Rhinestones. The three sizes are perfect for the three different sized flowers. No need for fussy cutting, there’s a die in the Peach Dies that cuts them out!

If you need to add any hidden gems to your next order, you can find the full range in the online store. I love being able to search, scroll and browse through the categories, making it easy to find all your favourites. Click here to shop or browse.

Social Stamping | Stellar Birthday

It’s cold and wet here today and perfect weather to finish the preparation for tomorrow’s Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the card options for tomorrow. It’s a spinner card using the Give it a Whirl Dies and Stellar Birthday stamp set.

These dies in all their stitched glory made it so easy to create cards that whirl and create magic. In this card, the planets change colour as you spin the wheel.

The pieces in the kit allow stampers to create a Balmy Blue or Smoky Slate space scene. Which would you choose?

There’s a choice of sentiment from this stamp set, or you could leave it blank for an all occasion card.

If you can make it to Social Stamping, please send me a message so I can save a kit for you.

Tomorrow will be the last week of Social Stamping as we head into school holidays at the end of the week. Social Stamping will be taking a break during July. Mandy will return in August with more cards for you to enjoy.

See you tomorrow!

Social Stamping | Quiet Meadow

What does your Monday look like tomorrow? I’ll be at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe from 9.30am – 11am having some stamping fun. You’re welcome to join us!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the card options we’ll be making using the Quiet Meadow bundle.

This card has two colour options – Soft Succulent / Evening Evergreen and Petal Pink / Calypso Coral. They were inspired by the colours of the reverse patterns that I’ve used from the Pansy Petals DSP.

The fold is a variation of a z-fold, opening up to see more of the DSP and another panel – which can be used for writing or decoration.

The card can stand up but also folds flat into a normal card size to fit into an envelope.

The Meadow Dies create a beautiful silhouette effect and looks pretty against the background stamps from the Quiet Meadow stamp set.

The sentiments from this set are sweet and look lovely in the stitched & scalloped label die.

There’s only three more sessions of Social Stamping this term. We’ll be taking a break across July and look forward to more Social Stamping from August.

See you tomorrow!

Social Stamping | Subway Style

It’s Social Stamping again tomorrow morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I hope you can join me from 9.30am – 11am. We’ll be making two cards and this is a sneak peek of one of the options.

I’ve used my top pick from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – the Biggest Wish stamp set. It has two styles – a large block font and a script font of 5 words. And if I had to choose 5 words only for a sentiment only stamp set, these are the ones I would choose. I’ll be using this stamp set all year long!!!

This card was designed with a teen boy in mind, so I’ve kept the colours fun but neutral and opted for stitched stars as the embellishment. The card base is Pear Pizzaz with Basic Grey & Smoky Slate for the greys and Misty Moonlight, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and more Pear Pizzazz for the stars.

The block style of the text when stamped in the background reminds me of a subway style of design. Perfect for keeping the design geometric and bold. The Brick & Mortar embossing complements the look I wanted for the card so well.

The stamp set for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment is from the Brushed Blooms stamp set. It was a great option for a smaller version of the birthday greeting to finish the card.

I made two options as samples for tomorrow. I always encourage the stampers to use the pieces and create their own variation of unique design by changing the style or layout of the card.

Do you prefer the angles of the first or the straight lines of the second???

I’d love to stamp with you tomorrow. If you’re definitely able to make, please RSVP so I can hold a kit for you.

See you soon!

Social Stamping | Snailed It

On Sunday I shared a sneak peek of one of the cards we made for Social Stamping (see that post here). I’ve been getting around to blogging these cards all week but between work, kids and my new Stampin’ Up! supplies arriving, it just hasn’t happened – until now! I’m at the hairdressers and what better way to pass the time while the colour sets than by blogging some cute cards.

Just like the other card, there were lots of colour options to choose from in this Snailed It set of cards. This is one of my favourite bundles (Snailed It stamp set and Snail Dies) from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. Unfortunately it hasn’t carried over into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, so if it’s on your wish list, then you’ll want to make sure you add it to an order some time in the next month. It officially retires at the end of June, but the availability of products isn’t guaranteed after the official retirement list is released (expect that early – mid June).

The basic stamping and layouts were the same using the envelope from the Kangaroo & Company stamp set (doesn’t that coordinate well!) but stampers got to choose between –

POOL PARTY

SOFT SUCCULENT

SO SAFFRON

BLUSHING BRIDE

The label dies on the cards are from the Stitched Rectangle Dies and the Hippo & Friends Dies. The ‘happy mail’ sentiment is punched out using the Postage Stamp Punch.

Do you have a favourite colour snail from the set? I can’t decide between Blushing Bride and Soft Succulent. At Social Stamping, So Saffron was the most popular choice!

If you’d like to try stamping out, meet new crafters and enjoy a cup of coffee, we’d love to have you join us on Monday.

RSVP isn’t essential, but let me know if you plan to be there and I’ll make sure to put a kit aside for your arrival.

Blog post done – now it’s time for the shampoo and head massage part of my appointment. Without a doubt, my favourite part of getting my hair cut!!!

Social Stamping | Wrapped Bouquet

We are off & running for Term 2 of Social Stamping! Mandy and a group of lovely stampers got inky last week and tomorrow it’s my turn to trade in normal life for a couple of hours of crafting escape.

Each session runs for 1-1/2 hours and offers participants the chance to make 2 cards. We start at 9.30am and finish up at 11am – giving to time to either sleep in or do the school run and then time to continue on with whatever else your day holds. We are hosted by the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – located in the Dalyellup shopping centre. It’s a one stop shop for all your everyday shopping with a supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, news agency and other specialty shops.

Here’s a sneak peak of one of tomorrow’s options. I’ve been crafting lots with the Wrapped Bouquet bundle from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and I wanted to share how sweet this bundle is with the Social Stamping group. It’s also another chance to play with the newly released 2021-2023 In Colors.

Stampers receive a kit which includes all the supplies to make one of these variations. I always try to have at least 2 samples, but the new In Colors were so fun, I got carried away with three different combinations.

There are suggestions for how you might complete your project, but the finished design is up to you. I wanted these samples to reflect how the same set of cardstock could be layered / embossed or stamped in different ways to create different looks. I can’t wait to see what the Social Stampers create.

The bouquet is stamped in Evening Evergreen, the sentiment in Soft Succulent and the flowers are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink. I’ve used white twine in different ways across the three cards and dimensionals to change up what part of the card I’ve elevated.

The neutral colours are Basic White and Sahara Sand. The Sahara Sand layer is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve curled over one corner of this layer before sticking it down. It’s easy to do – curl the corner with a bone folder and then use the handle of a skinny paintbrush (or similar) to further curl under into a shape you like.

Every card comes with a quality Stampin’ Up! envelope which is made of a beautiful white heavy paper – perfect for stamping on! I must admit stamping on envelopes is usually an after thought for me, so it’s nice to stop and take the time to make the envelope as special as the card inside!

RSVPs aren’t essential for Social Stamping – you are most welcome to turn up on the day. However, we only have a limited number of kits for each session so if you know you’ll be coming, be sure to let us know so we can hold a kit for you.

See you tomorrow! If you don’t live in the Bunbury area but would like to make these cards at home, all the supplies are available in my online store. Click here to shop.

Social Stamping | Pampered Pets

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Social Stamping this morning. I shared a sneak peak of one of the cards yesterday using the Sweet Ice Cream bundle. The theme for today’s session was “fun cards”.

This was the other option – animal fun using the Pampered Pets bundle.

When photographed flat, this card doesn’t look as fun as when you get to play with it in real life. The front panel opens up and you write your message on the card front! This is one of my favourite card folds – easy and fun all in one!

The styling of these cards was influenced by the black, white and red patterns of the Playful Pets DSP combined with stamped images from the Pampered Pets stamp set.

The dog version…

And the cat version…

So, the big question…. would you make the dog or the cat version? #teamdog #teamcat

Luckily the DSP has both options including whole sheets of already coloured cats and dogs that you can cut out using the Pets Dies.

Social Stamping has three more sessions this term (15th, 22nd, 29th March). See you there!

Social Stamping | Sweet Ice Cream

We enjoyed a public holiday last Monday in Western Australia, which means we didn’t run Social Stamping. We’re looking forward to getting inky again tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe from 9.30am – 11am. This week’s theme is “fun” – the cards are light hearted, suitable for all ages and not a flower in sight!

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the cards on offer using the Sweet Ice Cream bundle…

I always try to provide two different samples at a class to give stampers a couple of ideas on how to use the pieces in their kit to create a card. Free spirit creativity is always welcome to create your own version!

The portrait version of this card uses the Mint Macaron card base, white border and Mint Macaron card front embossed with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder.

The sentiment from the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set has been fussy cut and adhered next to the ice cream stack. How yummy does ice cream look in Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Highland Heather!!! To add some sparkle and texture to the ice cream, I finished with Shimmery Crystal Effects.

The landscape version of this card didn’t use the Mint Macaron card front and instead has more white space.

There’s no fussy cutting in this card – I know that will make some crafters happy!!! The whole card base has been run through the Painted Texture embossing folder – which is a favourite technique of mine.

This bundle is a stamp and punch set – which makes it super easy to use and very affordable to add to your collection. We hope to see you tomorrow at Social Stamping (Taste of Dalyellup cafe) so you can try it out in person.

See you tomorrow!

Social Stamping | Sunflowers

What a glorious morning! We had such a lovely time stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I shared one of the card options yesterday – A Cut Above male themed card. You can see it by clicking here.

The other card option was a sunflower creation using the Celebrate Sunflower stamp set and Sunflower Dies. This gorgeous bundle can be found in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. As each new mini gets released in the catalogue cycle, I find it’s so easy to forget about sets in the annual.

The colours for this card are Night of Navy, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

I experimented with adding some texture by ripping the DSP or cardstock. I love techniques like this that don’t require any special equipment.

I always try to offer two versions of a card for Social Stamping, or crafts are welcome to create their own! This is the alternative version in a different orientation.

The DSP is the Flowers for Every Season – it’s a lovely mix of patterns and florals that coordinate with a couple of sets in the annual catalogue, but generally works well for lots themes with the pretty colour combinations of the 2020-2022 In Colors (Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Magenta Madness).

Thanks to the lovely ladies who come out and support Social Stamping. It’s such a pleasure to design cards for these sessions. And a huge thank you to the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. The ladies love their coffee and I love treating myself after class with their yummy sushi!

There’s no Social Stamping next Monday due to the Public Holiday, but we’ll see you the week after for more stamping!

Twas the Week Before Christmas | Social Stamping

We were lucky to run Social Stamping for a large part of 2020 – with a break in the middle while we responded to the pandemic situation. 2020 saw Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm share the hosting duties, which meant we were able to run more regular sessions at the Taste of Dalyellup.

We loved hanging out at Taste of Dalyellup this year. If you need a last minute Christmas idea (in the Bunbury area), then a gift card for this amazing cafe is perfect! With a choice of $15 or $50, it comes in a handcrafted gift card holder – another one of my projects this year!

Taste of Dalyellup | kelly kent

The other project I’m sharing with you today is a card we made at Social Stamping, but I haven’t yet shared. The cards in these classes are a great balance of simple enough for any level of crafter, but interesting enough for any level of crafter!

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

This card uses the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies. The Curvy Dies will continue to be available in the upcoming Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, but the limited edition Christmas stamp set is only available until 4th Jan 2021 (or until stocks run out!). If you’d like this set for your Christmas crafting in years to come, then you’ll want to order it soon! Click here to see it in my online store – add the host code XN43CDU4 to receive a little extra something from me after Christmas.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

The curve of the stamps in this set coordinate with the dies to create a pretty Christmas scene. Even the sentiments follow the curvy pattern!

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

We can’t wait to stamp with you again next year. We post all the details on Facebook, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss the details, then follow me over there. Click here to jump over to FB.

See you tomorrow on the blog for another Christmas card to inspire your last minute stamping creations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com